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Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight Shines on South African Alternative Artist Marcus Harvey

South African artist Marcus Harvey gets highlighted as Apple Music's New Artist Spotlight.

Apple Music's New Artist Spotlight for June is Marcus Harvey, the singer, rapper and producer from Alexandra township in the Gauteng province. The musician's I Am Marcus Harvey EP released in April won him an army of fans and the respect of his counterparts.


Marcus Harvey shared his excitement about getting hand-picked by the streaming platform in a press release from Apple Music. "This is a beautiful moment in my life right now and I am inspired to always strive for nothing but the best, when it comes to my music," Marcus Harvey said. "Being the Apple Music New Artist Spotlight recipient for June, a month that recognizes and appreciates the visibility and influence of South Africa's youth, means getting the global recognition which will hopefully open beautiful opportunities for myself."

I Am Marcus Harvey, released through Tales Of The Cool Music, an indie record label which he co-owns, peaked at #3 on the Apple Music Alternative Top Charts. In the project, Marcus Harvey slices through different genres and influences seamlessly creating a hybrid of music that sounds current while referencing the past. the artist cites the likes of Brenda Fassie and gospel artist Winnie Mashaba as the musicians he grew up listening to and therefore shaped his own music.

Stream Marcus Harvey's latest release I Am Marcus Harvey on Apple Music and Spotify.




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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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